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Mike Harrison
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 5:47 am    Post subject: A question for the more experienced Reply with quote

I'm seeking opinions from the more experienced narrators of corporate/medical/eLearning material because my question centers on a client of many years.

Last month, I'd been asked to cast a VO, who recorded the script, which was broken into four parts. I submitted the audio in four parts and was then asked to submit the complete audio in a single file, as well.

Now, the client has sent a revised script for a project originally done two years ago, where the material recorded last month appears in four places.

Because this client has been with me for many years, I would've thought (based on our very friendly relationship) that they'd have indicated that the script from last month was going to be part of these new revisions to an old project. The client did notify me a month or more ago that the two-year old project was about to be revised and, usually, they would have said, when sending the script from last month, that it would be part of those revisions. Things as they are, with people working from home (with families) I suppose it's possible they just forgot to mention that.

If, in fact, the audio recorded last month is going to be used as a standalone presentation and as part of the revised project from two years ago, should the talent be compensated as such?

I suppose, all I can do is ask the client whether the audio will be used in two separate ways.

Your thoughts, please. Many thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

preface: i do this type of work a LOT. both voicing myself, and casting. i have found the pay (as a VA) to be acceptable as it is combined with a nearly uninterrupted stream of work. since you state that you have worked with this client for "many years" - i don't think a direct question would hurt anything at all.

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I submitted the audio in four parts and was then asked to submit the complete audio in a single file, as well.


pretty common practice in my experience.

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it's possible they just forgot to mention that.


likely true.

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should the talent be compensated as such?


i'm going to say "no". it sounds like a break-out of a larger course to a smaller module to me.

now, if they were using the audio for an eLearning course in addition to a podcast, youtube video, online presentation of some kind, or ... something else, i might ask them about it. other than that, i'd let it lie.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most narration done for a limited audience is considered a buyout in perpetuity. They can do anything they want to with it so long as it doesn’t get turned into broadcast media.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Todd... Bruce.
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